SNR Denton signs up Hammonds’ Hong Kong arm for local launch

SNR Denton has launched in Hong Kong with the assimilation of a new member firm that was previously the Hong Kong office of Squire Sanders Hammonds legacy firm Hammonds.

The firm, Brandt Chan & Partners, announced last year that it would split from Hammonds once the tie-up with US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey went live at the start of this year (29 November 2010).

The six-partner office will initially be known by its independent name and will become associated with SNR Denton upon regulatory approval.

The move is part of a planned expansion into Asian jurisdictions for the newly merged firm. It expected to open in mainland China later in the year to add to an existing office in Singapore and now its Hong Kong offering.

Co-chief executive Elliott Portnoy said: “Since our combination, SNR Denton has executed a thoughtful and measured approach towards gaining additional scale in key regions and today’s announcement is evidence of that priority.

“With the addition of Hong Kong, we’ll be even better positioned to meet the ever growing cross-border needs of our clients. Our new colleagues have an unparalleled reputation in Hong Kong and bring intimate knowledge of Chinese law, economics and culture.”

Portnoy’s UK counterpart Howard Morris added: “”We have big plans for growth [in Asia]. We see most of our practice areas as having opportunities there. This is responding to existing demand from our clients that we hadn’t been able to satisfy before.

“We’re always attracted by high quality laterals and we’ve found a real gem with this office.”

Despite the loss of the Hammonds offering in the jurisdiction, Squire Sanders & Dempsey continues to have a Hong Kong presence in the form of a four-partner office.